Government drafting new laws to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030
It will be part of a new strategy set up to help protect the environment.
The Irish government are drafting new laws which would see the end of the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the country by the year 2030, according to a report by RTÉ.
The goal of the new laws would be to ensure that one third of vehicles on Irish roads will be electric by the beginning of that decade.
This goal aims to have 936,000 electric cars on the roads by 2030, including battery operated and hybrid engines, with the further rollout of home chargers and a nationwide network of street chargers also on the agenda.
As per the report, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton is planning to publish the new law early in the new year, as part of the Climate Action Amendment Bill 2019.
The government's goal is to reduce overall emissions, and to be carbon neutral by the year 2050.
As it stands, transport emissions accounted for 20% of Ireland's total emissions in 2018, and last year, Ireland was blasted for its lack of ambition and progress in fighting climate change in comparison with its European counterparts in a recent in-depth publication by Climate Action Change (CAN) Europe.
The report, which looks into how European countries perform in reaching their climate and energy targets, ranked Ireland 28th, second last, with a score of 21%.